Top 10 Penalty Shoot-Outs

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalOctober 27, 2011

Top 10 Penalty Shoot-Outs

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    There's no agony in football quite like losing a penalty shoot-out. For the players, coaches and fans, it's a torturous experience that puts your destiny at the mercy of 10 shots at goal from 12 yards.

    But after 90 minutes of regulation play, then 30 minutes of extra-time, how else can you separate two teams without tossing a coin? FIFA tried the golden goal, and even the silver goal, but both proved unsatisfactory and typically had teams too terrified to go forward.

    Since the introduction of the penalty shoot-out, in the 1960s, millions of us have suffered the torment of defeat by spot-kick. Players' careers have been defined by their penalty misses, and teams' destinies decided by a single slip at the vital moment.

    Here are 10 penalty shoot-outs that will stay with us forever.

10. South Korea vs. Spain, World Cup 2002

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    South Korea were the hosts nobody expected to get past the group stages in 2002, but somehow they found themselves in the World cup quarterfinals.

    A star-studded Spain team were there to greet them, but they couldn't find a goal in 120 minutes and the game went to penalties.

    Joaquin was the man who missed, but Spain wouldn't have to wait long to rule the world.

9. Manchester United vs. Chelsea, Champions League Final 2008

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    Moscow 2008, and Chelsea were seeking to win a first European crown against the two-times champions Manchester United.

    The game finished 1-1 after extra-time, and with penalties came the chance for Chelsea captain John Terry to strike the defining spot-kick in the club's history.

    Look away Terry fans.

8. Liverpool vs. Roma, European Cup Final 1984

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    Liverpool were in the midst of a dynasty, but would have get past a Roma team cheered on by their home support at the Stadio Olympico to win a fourth European Cup.

    The game finished 1-1 after extra-time, and with the penalty shoot-out came Bruce Grobbelar's legendary "spaghetti legs."

7. Germany vs. England, Euro 96

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    England was hosting its first major tournament since 1966, and we all know what happened then.

    The hopes of a nation were lifted by Terry Venables' free-flowing team, who arrived at the semifinals to face arch-rivals Germany.

    It finished 1-1 after extra-time, and the teams couldn't even be separated by the initial round of penalties. It went to sudden-death, where Gareth Southgate made the defining contribution of his career.

6. West Germany vs. England, World Cup 1990

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    England again, this time in the semifinal of the 1990 World Cup.

    Bobby Robson's team was the best since England lifted the trophy in 1966, but it would all come down to a dreaded penalty shoot-out against Franz Beckenbauer's West Germany.

    Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle will never forget it, and neither will we.

5. Brazil vs. Italy, World Cup 1994

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    World Cup 1994 would be the first to have a final decided by a penalty shoot-out.

    Brazil and Italy were the two teams at the mercy of the spot-kicks, having gone through 120 minutes with both unable to score.

    Look away Roberto Baggio fans.

4. France vs. Brazil, World Cup 1986

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    Michel Platini's France arrived at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico as European champions, and as one of the favorites.

    Standing in their way was the might of Brazil, and what followed was a World Cup classic that went all the way to penalties.

3. Liverpool vs. AC Milan, Champions League Final 2005

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    With Liverpool 3-0 down to AC Milan at halftime, the 2005 Champions League Final looked as good as over.

    But a Steven Gerrard-inspired comeback clawed them back to 3-3, and Rafa Benitez's team would go on to win the penalty shoot-out.

    The miracle of Istanbul they call it. Little wonder when you watch the highlights back.

2. West Germany vs. France, World Cup 1982

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    The 1982 World Cup semifinal between West Germany and France was a classic. It finished 3-3 after extra-time, packed with enough drama to fill a whole tournament, but more was to follow.

    It was the first time a penalty shoot-out had decided a game at the World Cup, and it went down to the last round of kicks.

1. Italy vs. France, World Cup 2006

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    The 2006 World Cup Final between Italy and France became the second to be decided from 12 yards.

    With the scores at 1-1, and the world still coming to terms with Zinedine Zidane's sending off in extra-time, the two teams set about a dreaded shoot-out in the most pressurized circumstances imaginable.

    David Trezequet's miss would prove the decisive moment.